Significant gains in part-time employment for April

The latest release of the Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada indicates that while overall employment rose by nearly 60,000 jobs during the month of April, the main driver of that growth was part-time work. The actual number of jobs gained during the month was 58,000, and 41,000 of those jobs were in part-time employment.

The job growth was centered in the provinces of Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, while employment declined in Nova Scotia and Manitoba, and was mostly unchanged in other provinces. Both the public and private sectors reported an increase in the number of employees during the month.

The net effect of the job growth was a small decrease in the unemployment rate, from 7.7% to 7.6%. The April 2011 issue of the Labour Force Survey can be found on the Statistics Canada Web site at



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